Friday, March 22
1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
17 But as for us, brothers and sisters, after we were forced to leave you for a short time (in person, not in heart), we greatly desired and made every effort to return and see you face to face. 18 So we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 Indeed you are our glory and joy!
If you haven’t gathered this by now, Paul REALLY loved these people. He longed to see them while he was away from them. That idea isn’t new to us when it comes to those in our families or close friends, but remember: these were total strangers to Paul just a few years earlier. God has clearly knit their hearts together. He has a way of doing so among His people.
Father, I want to love Your people the way these people loved one another in Thessalonica. Deepen my desire for Your church.
Do I love the people of God? Really, when I think of church, what would it look like to love God’s people the way they seem to love one another in these days?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.